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Media Releases: December 16, 2009

SJESPA Negotiated Agreement
 
Negotiators for the St. Johns Education Support Professionals Association (SJESPA) and the St. Johns County School Board have reached tentative agreement on the 2010-11 contract for the district's non-instructional employees.

During the next 18 months all eligible non-instructional employees will receive three level increases as credit for their number of years of experience since 2007-2008, the last time the district gave a salary increase. Employees already on Level 13, the highest level, will receive $450 supplements for their longevity.

Additional language includes the placement of retirees hired on or after January 1, 2010 to be placed up to Level 7 on the current Salary Schedule based on verified work experience. During their employment they can progress no higher than Level 10.

“The district and the association worked collaboratively to provide our non-instructional employees  with increases in recognition of their experience,” said Jim Springfield, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Chief Negotiator for the school district.  

“Both bargaining teams worked extremely hard in order to provide all non-instructional employees with their experience credit while also rewarding those dedicated veteran employees with a longevity supplement,” said SJESPA President Kim Felder and Florida Education Association Executive Director Tammy Whitaker.

Since financial developments could impact the district’s ability to fund the salary schedule over the next 18 months, negotiations may be reopened should the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funding vary by more than two percent based on the current amount of $6,397.79 per student.
“We are fortunate to have staff members who care about what is best for children and who demonstrate a collaborative, teamwork approach to solving problems,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner.”

SJESPA is the recognized bargaining agent for the approximately 1,500 non-instructional personnel including teacher aides, clerical staff, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers and food service staff.

The association will schedule a ratification vote after Winter Break. Following the vote, the Tentative Agreement will be presented to the School Board for their acceptance.





SJEA Negotiated Agreement
 
Negotiators for the St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) and the St. Johns County School Board have reached tentative agreement on their 2010-2011 contract for the district’s teachers.

During the next 18 months teachers will receive compensation for their number of years of experience since 2007-2008, the last time the district gave a salary increase. The district will also add a new Longevity Level to the District’s Professional Salary Schedule, increasing the number of levels from the current 20 to 20 plus the Longevity Level. The average level increase amounts to approximately $490.

New contract language includes the development of an Associate Teacher position. Individuals hired in this position will hold a Professional Educator Certificate and will serve in a classroom with an experienced lead teacher. This is a pilot program to help St. Johns County meet the requirements of the Class Size Amendment and still provide a quality education without disrupting students.  

Associate teachers would earn an annual salary of $26,000 plus benefits and would be a cost effective position for the district. In addition, this innovative program provides potential candidates with the opportunity to gain experience and be considered for a permanent teaching position.

Other contract language includes the following:
 
• A $1,200 supplement per semester for professional employees who teach a seventh period in high school
 
• The placement of retired teachers hired after June 2010 up to Step 10 on the salary schedule based on verified work experience
 
• The reinstatement of supplements to their 2008-09 status, with the exception of extended season pay.
 
“The district and the association, understanding the budget situation, were able to work together to provide our current employees with experience increases after two years of no increase,” said Jim Springfield, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Chief Negotiator for the school district.   

“This contract also builds in language which will reduce some expenses. Again we have shown that the teachers and the district are willing to collaborate.”

He added, “We are sad to see that Vicki Hall is stepping down as the chief negotiator. She has worked very hard for many years on behalf of all teachers and will be missed at the table.”

During the past few years the St. Johns County School District has moved its teacher’s average salary from the bottom quartile in the state to the top quartile.

Since financial developments could impact the district’s ability to fund the salary schedule over the next 18 months, negotiations may be reopened should the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) funding vary by more than two percent based on the current amount of $6,397.79 per student.

“SJEA took the time to understand the current budget climate we are under while at the same time advocating for our teachers,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “We are very pleased to be able to restore the experience steps in the contract that, unfortunately, were previously withheld due to the budget.  Our staff worked extremely hard to reduce operating expenses in areas such as energy consumption and bus schedules, and it is a tribute to their work that we are able to restore the experience.”

SJEA is the recognized bargaining agent for the approximately 1,800 instructional personnel in the school district including teachers, media specialists, guidance counselors, deans and psychologists.  

The association will schedule a ratification vote after the first of the year. Following the vote, the Tentative Agreement will be presented to the School Board for their acceptance.



Last Modified: Dec 17, 2009